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March 25th, 2013, 02:53 PM
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My parents were both there, but they pretty much sat in the corner and kept quiet until it was time to push. They've been more hands on with my sisters, especially my mom, but all I wanted was to be in the shower with DH running the massager head on my back, so they made themselves scarce. Half the time I practically forgot they were even there. I didn't mind my parents being there, but I didn't need them. It is nice to have a backup if you have a birthing partner like my brothers-in-law who have trouble dealing with doctors/medical staff.

Don't let yourself be guilted into inviting anyone who won't be supportive, respectful and unobtrusive.
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